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Indian Government Criticized For ‘Merging’ AIDS Department With Larger Health Department

The Lancet: India’s AIDS department merger angers activists “The Indian Government has come under fire for shutting down its AIDS department. The Department of AIDS Control (DAC), which is an independent unit in the health ministry, is responsible for overseeing the activities of the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO). NACO…

Changing Attitudes Critical To Solving India’s Sanitation Problem

New York Times: India’s Sanitation Needs Editorial Board “India may finally be on the verge of making progress on eradicating one of its most intractable problems: open defecation because of a lack of toilets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi deserves credit for focusing on the scourge. But it will take more…

Crucial Civilian Aid ‘In Jeopardy’ In Afghanistan

Foreign Policy: Let Me Down Easy Anja Manuel, partner at Rice Hadley Gates LLC and lecturer at Stanford University, and Justine Isola, associate at Rice Hadley Gates LLC “…Since the war in Afghanistan began more than a decade ago, U.S. civilian aid to Afghanistan has largely — if unintentionally –…

Philippine Supreme Court Upholds Family Planning Law

News outlets report on the Philippine Supreme Court’s passage of a controversial family planning law. Agence France-Presse: Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law “Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved…

India Marks 10 Years Of Cost-Free ART Program

LiveMint: Govt HIV treatment program completes 10 years “India completed 10 years of the free antiretroviral treatment (ART) program for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients, now covering 768,000 people. While the first HIV case in India was detected in 1986, about 2.1 million Indians are now living with the AIDS…

Officials Urge Burmese Government To Allow Aid Into Rakhine

VOA News: U.N., U.K. Call for Burma to Allow Humanitarian Aid into Rakhine “The U.N.’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to Burma is urging the government to allow foreign aid workers to return to Rakhine state. The workers were evacuated last month because of ethnic unrest, but the U.N. warns…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 41 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue features an article reporting from a regional meeting in Dakar focused on how gender, maternal and child health, and human rights should be integrated into the new…

UNICEF’s ‘Take Poo To The Loo’ Campaign In India Meets Criticism

Wall Street Journal: U.N. Campaign Targets Open Defecation in India “He’s lumpy and brown. But, boy, can he dance. Meet the unlikely face of UNICEF’s latest public health campaign in India: Mr. Poo. The anthropomorphized feces is part of a campaign — ‘Take Poo to the Loo’ — that tries…

Bangladesh Makes Strides In Ending Newborn Deaths, Report Says

VOA News: Q&A with Ishtiaq Mannan: Preventing Newborn Deaths “Save the Children says that over a million babies die each year on their birthday. These are preventable deaths. However, some Asian countries are bright spots in this sad reality. In its newest report, Ending Newborn Deaths, Bangladesh figures prominently. It’s…

Pakistan To Administer Polio Vaccines At Security Checkpoints

Agence France-Presse/Gulf Today: Pakistan to use polio vaccine checkpoints in Taliban areas “Pakistani officials said on Monday they would begin administering polio vaccines to children at security checkpoints in the country’s tribal belt to protect against Taliban attacks. The announcement was made at a ceremony to mark the launch of…